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Security Service names reason for entry ban of Austrian journalist to Ukraine

Christian Wehrschütz received a one-year ban on entry to Ukraine
16:22, 9 March 2019

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The Security Service of Ukraine has confirmed the ban for Austrian journalist Christian Wehrschütz l he will not be able to enter Ukraine for a period of one year.

The basis for the decision about Wehrschütz was the "need to ensure the safety of the journalist."

“We recall that Christian Wehrschütz noted in his interview about the existing threats to his life in Ukraine. In order to avoid possible provocations during the stay of the Austrian journalist in our country, the SBU, in accordance with the law, decided to ban him from entering,” the report said.

Earlier, Vienna sharply criticized the decision about Wehrschütz.

Journalist Christian Verschutz denied all accusations and is going to appeal the decision as soon as he officially receives the ban on entry to Ukraine.

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Austrian journalist has not yet received any official documents on his banning of entry to Ukraine. He told about this to the 112 Ukraine journalist.

"Here in Ukraine I still have a residence permit until the end of June of this year. It’s generally interesting how the rule of law works in Ukraine, when on the one hand I have only the oral information (regarding the ban, - ed.), on the other hand I have a document for temporary residence, because I have an office in Kyiv, "he said.

According to Wehrschütz, "a small group of people that is not happy with what we write and what problems we cover" is behind the ban of entry for him.

"I think that this is only a reaction to the fact that several people are not happy with the way we work. This is really an attack on freedom of speech and nothing else," he noted.

Wehrschütz also stressed that he had never been a “pro-Russian or anti-Ukrainian journalist,” and he planned to make the film “Ukraine: 5 years after Maidan” and interviews with some presidential candidates in Ukraine.

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